Procurement community can make ‘profound difference’ to abolish slavery

Gurjit Degun
13 March 2014

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13 March 2014 | Gurjit Degun

Procurement professionals are the one community that can have a “profound” impact on stamping out modern-day slavery, according to the CIPS president.

Speaking at the CIPS Annual Dinner, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane last night, Craig Lardner called on the procurement professionals and guests to help eradicate slavery.

“In the supply chain there is one community that can make a difference more than any other and that community is you and it’s me,” said Lardner.

“There are others that play an important part and can make a difference to rid us of slavery but the one profession that can make the most profound difference through the decisions that we make and the suppliers we give our business to is us. I want us to say, ‘what can we do as a profession to make that wish come true?’.”

At the profession’s premier networking event, sponsored by IBM, he also called on CIPS members to share their views - whether positive or negative - on the proposed introduction of the Chartered Membership grade.

“One of the common themes in this profession is that we want a higher impact in business,” explained Lardner. “CIPS as an institute has responded to that and it is unfolding now in the arrival of the Chartered Member.

"This special recognition that will hopefully emerge in the next few months is creating a very special recognition for procurement people to be called Chartered. There will be a special requirement for you to earn that.”

Lardner also reiterated his presidential theme of encouraging all procurement professionals to “do one good thing and do one in return”, within the next two months.

“I’d like you to think about what you can do for someone in the profession, not in your country – yes, that’s the hard bit” he said.

“It has to be in respect of our profession – share something you’re good at, share a tool you’ve used that someone in another country could use. If you could do that, their task is to do one in return inside their country.”

The 500 guests at last night’s annual dinner also enjoyed a pre-dinner drinks reception, sponsored by JP Morgan, and an after dinner casino event sponsored by Barclay Meade.

The evening’s prize draw to win an iPad, sponsored by Robert Walters, was won by Melanie Heath, strategic procurement advisor at BP.

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